The US Marine Corps has developed a robotic truck that mimics the brain’s ability to recognise different sounds, allowing it to identify gunshots and return fire.
The Gunslinger vehicle is based on the algorithm Sentri (Smart Sensor-Enabled Neural Threat Recognition and Identification), which mimics the electrical signals used by the brain to process sounds to recognise and locate the source of the noise.
Researchers at the
That proved too difficult, however, so technology company Safety Dynamics used the mapping diagram to identify the most simple of sounds: the gunshot.
Scientific programme officer Joel Davis from the Office of Naval Research, which funded the original researchers, said: ‘Most of them [researchers] were trying to recognise words in a noisy environment. It works in some situations and not in others. What’s really easy to distinguish is a gunshot.’
The system is being used by
Having adapted the technology for use in a robotic vehicle, the Marine Corps is making further enhancements to Gunslinger before deciding where the system would best be deployed.